Differences Between Popular Fitness Workouts
One step of approaching a new fitness or workout class is learning what it will be like. Below is a step-by-step breakdown of some of the most common classes and what to expect. If you are worried about things other than content, be sure to check out these tips to alleviate new fitness class fears.
Zumba is a fun and energetic dance party that is usually 45 minutes to 1 hour long. The class is separated into different songs, including Latin and pop music. The instructor demonstrates a series of movements while students follow along. Zumba is meant to be a fun experience. Screw up a movement? Don’t worry about it – the most important thing is that you are being active and enjoying yourself.
P90X (Power 90 Extreme) is a 90-day intense do-at-home fitness program designed by Tony Horton. What makes it unique is Muscle Confusion™, which prevents the body from becoming used to the routine by switching exercises up. The program includes stretching, ab work, cardio, resistance training, and more. P90X can be purchased online.
Pilates is a mind-body practice that can be done using equipment and/or a mat. Classes can be either in groups or individual. Pilates increases core strength, flexibility, and body awareness. The terminology of Pilates may seem a bit foreign – click here for a great glossary of terms.
Frequently, in the Western world, yoga is thought of as a purely physical practice: it provides a good workout and can make you feel better afterwards. However, it can also be an enriching spiritual and mental experience, as well. Yoga can mean different something different to each person. Depending on the style of the class you go to, the content can vary. In addition, yoga can be practiced at home using DVDs, YouTube, or by making your own sequence.